Wooly Worm Festival

By: Jennifer Porterfield

If you’re looking for a family-friendly festival that’s maybe not warm but certainly offers lots of fuzzy, look no further than the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk! The festival originated from regional folklore about woolly worms – those fuzzy little caterpillars – being used to forecast the weather and a need to help drive local tourism to the area. The concept? An annual festival where they would pit woolly worm against woolly worm in a race to see which one could be trusted the most to predict the weather.

The first year was very cold, so the worms didn’t go very fast, and there were only three or four vendors. The event has since grown over 40+ years to now having 160 vendors and hundreds of people who come out each year. The event costs $6 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and children 5 and under are free. All proceeds go back to the community.

For more information, visit www.woollyworm.com.

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